" The 2019 Seoul Storytelling Team first walked
the course of the <2019 Long-standing Shop Guidebook>,
which is planned to be published later this year. "
[Course 4 : Dongjak-gu]
I have been spending the morning on weekdays swimming in my own thoughts, and suddenly,
I wanted to follow the memories of my days in college.
Maybe it’s because of the chill wind and autumn colored leaves and the fact that today is the day
that is bringing me into middle-aged life.
So I headed to Heuksuk-dong to recollect the memories of my green, fresh days.
Heukseok-dong is named after its old nickname, ‘Black Stone Village,’ because the stones found here looked black.
There are many downtowns in Seoul, with Sinchon, Idae, Hongdae on the west, and Gangnam on the east,
so Heukseok-dong would have been heard thousand times on the buses and subways coming and going between them.
But I think now that people who don't have any connection to this place might not have ever looked around.
Heukeouk-dong has been changing recently.
It has rather dark and dim mood because of the “Heuk”-meaning dark- in its name,
but a new town is being constructed and it’s changing its colors to those that are more vivid and
modern than any other town.
Yet, Heukseok-dong still has the Long
-standing Shop, standing still like an old hill.
Instead of the ‘new,’ let’s go find some Long-standing Shops and ‘old’ spaces.
“Heukseok Station. Let’s meet at Tubangnae by exit 4”
I would like to mention “Tubangnae” as the old, moody cafe in Chung-Ang University and Heukseok-dong.
Tubangnae was opened in 1983 and has maintained its interior style
even when normal family houses are busy remodeling their interiors every 10 years.
I wondered how much effort would have been made to conserve it.
If you want to have a friendly talk at a low price and focus on the other person face to face,
meet at Heukseok-dong Tubangnae.
“Let’s hear the wind for just 3 minutes in Dalmasa Park”
Dalmasa, changing its form through the seasons.
You can see the Hangang River, Namsan, and the constantly changing nature following every season.
Even if you are not Buddhist, I hope you visit Dalmasa,
which holds the views both Namsan and the Hangang River together.
The road to Dalmasa is located along Seodalsan Mountain, where you can meet the small forest road.
It is good for the light hiking trails of the Buddhists who come with their children and the parents
who come to enjoy the mountains.
In Heukseok-dong, you get to traverse over the winding hills.
Regions yet not renovated with new town construction still keep their 10-year-old form.
When you suddenly feel like going back to your old days, go for a walking trip to Heukseok-dong.
Written and photographed
by Seoul Storytelling Team 2019 Na Mi Ri